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Ottawa Board of Trade hoping for strong domestic tourism season

Sueling Ching feels it's important to continue to support local in Ottawa, as impacts from the pandemic continue to be seen.
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Ottawa sign in the Byward Market, February 28, 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

The Ottawa Board of Trade (OBoT) is hoping for a strong tourism season for 2022, after the industry was decimated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

OBoT chief executive officer Sueling Ching feels more restrictions being eased and more people starting to feel a sense of 'back to normal' is a positive step forward.

She hopes more people travelling and getting back to work will lead to a strong domestic tourism season, while also allowing for more planning on future economic recovery.

Ching adds this comes after the business community and the City of Ottawa as a whole dealt with challenge after challenge throughout the year.

"We came out of Omicron pretty quickly, but Ottawa of course was further challenged with the downtown occupation, then we had the severe weather storm," Ching told The Sam Laprade Show on Tuesday, June 21.

She feels it is also important to continue to support local in Ottawa, as impacts from the pandemic continue to be seen.

"I think that that message has to continue to be strong, and especially as we look at having visitors to Ottawa," Ching explained.

Listen to the full interview with Sueling Ching below:

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